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I am one of the broker owners of the Exclusive Buyer's Office, the Buyer's Choice in Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865, and I work with a team, The Corbett Team. We are not traditional agents, which means that you would actually hire The Corbett Team to work 100% of the time for you, our client, not the seller nor the seller's agent.
Our office does not take listings, so our office has nothing to sell you, we advise and counsel you through the Home-Buying process. We NEVER are DUAL AGENTS!
"We are dedicated to providing you, our clients, with outstanding service of 100% certified exclusive buyer representation 100% of the time!" I received my CEBA designation, pin and certificate from Naeba President, Richard Machado, on September 9,1999. I and my team were the FIRST in Rhode Island with this designation.
e-PRO® - Training program presented entirely online to certify real estate agents and brokers as Internet Professionals. More than just technology but how you can leverage your most powerful asset, your people-skills, into doing more business on the Internet.
ABR® - Accredited Buyer Representative - This real estate designation is geared to REALTORS® who wish to incorporate buyer representation into their daily practice.
ABRM - Accredited Buyer Representative Manager -This real estate designation is geared to REALTORS®, owners and managers that have or wish to incorporate buyer representation into their daily practice.
GRI-Graduate of Realtor Institute -This real estate designation is awarded to experienced REALTORS® who complete advanced training in listing and selling.
REBAC -Real Estate Buyer Agents Council
CRS - CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST - This real estate designation is geared towards REALTORS® that are involved in residential real estate and desire a solid base of information for their practice.
MABA - Massachusetts Association of Buyer Agents
NAEBA - The National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents
My specific areas of expertise.
I am one of the few REALTORS in the nation to hold the professional designation "ABR" (Accredited Buyer Representative) (ABRM)Accredited Buyer Representative Manager and one of 3 in RI with the "CEBA" (Certified Exclusive Buyer Agent)
I am a member of the Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors, the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, the National Association of REALTORS and Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council. As well as Rhode Island Association of Buyer Agents, Massachusetts Association of Buyer Agents, and the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents.
My office, The Buyer's Choice was the first exclusive buyer's office (a company that only represents buyers) in Rhode Island to belong to National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents and who is a leader and pioneer in buyer representation in 1991.
I am licensed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. My team services the entire state of Rhode Island except Block Island and we service southern Massachusetts along interstate 495, 295 and 95.
Happy Client's Testimonials
"I Loved the personal attention that I received from start to finish! I appreciate all the time you all devoted to helping us find the perfect home. We also appreciate the follow up work you helped us with even after we had been in the house awhile." Thanks, Your friends Alan & Carol DeNaro
"The Corbett Team did a fantastic job negotiating on our behalf and solving any little problems that arose. You are all professional beyond description. We appreciate your work and would recommend your services to others without hesitation." James & Janice O'Malley
Dear Kathy & John, Please let me start off with an apology for not sitting down and writing you this letter sooner. But as we all know with purchasing a home along comes all the renovations we would like to accomplish.
Back in June, when Bill, first mentioned he had obtained another job the last thing in the world I wanted to go through at that time was house hunting again. As you know we only just got over relocating up to New Hampshire the previous year. So when Bill, suggested he line up some homes for us to view with the two of you I went along begrudgingly. But much to my surprise it was nothing like I've ever experienced before. When we house hunted previously it was always hurry up and decide if you like it and the Realtor wanted a deposit. My experience with the Buyer's Choice was totally different. You never lost patience with me, I can't remember all the homes you patiently took us to view. The thing I liked the best was you made me feel very comfortable with house hunting. Even down to the little things like the surprise picnic snacks. I have to say that was fabulous.
All your time and dedication has paid off because in the end we were able to find just the right home. We didn't have to settle for just any home.
I have to say you went far beyond the call of just being a Buyer Agent, when you took it upon yourself to investigate the neighbors and find out what kinds of neighbors we would have and what else was located in that neighborhood. It meant a lot to us when you always pointed out the assets of being able to resell the property. And you always gave us wise advise in the right direction and to what property would be a good resale property.
I recall one night we sat at your table bargaining over one property that we wanted to put an offer in on. This particular house needed some major renovations, and it was nice how both you and John made a list as to how much these repairs would cost. I would have never thought to sit down and make up a list. That was a good tool to use in helping us prepare that offer. Needless to say the offer on that property never did come to agreement.
We then moved onto the home we now purchased. If it were not for Kathy, suggesting us to look at the property on Curran Rd. We would never in a million years have gone. I have to say we were amazed with the home. This home was far beyond our wildest dreams of what we thought it would look like for our price range.
Your kindness and determination kept us going when we thought we would never find the right home. But more than just being our Buyer Agent, I think we have formed a friendship that will last a lifetime. And in today world of everyone being in a hurry to get from point A to point B. I think the one thing that keeps people grounded are the true friendships they have the opportunity to form in their lifetime.
Thanks again for all your efforts in helping us locate our lovely home.
Sincerely, Bill & Denise Lawrence
"The Corbett Team had an amazing way of giving us their professional opinion about a house; but, at the same time, leaving the decision entirely up to us. There was always information, but never pressure to say yes or no to a house.... I would not hesitate to recommend The Buyer's Choice to family, friends, or anyone looking for a house."
Marny & Michael Kindness
"The Corbett Team goes way beyond what is required in everything they do, making the whole process very comfortable and enjoyable." Linda Marcotte
"Buying a house without this team would not be a good idea. These guys go above and beyond anything they can possibly do to help us out. They have our highest recommendations."
"You are ALL fantastic people and wonderful agents! We never felt alone in this and you all treated us as if it were your own home and futures on the line! We have told everyone we know about your great work! Thank you again, we love our home!"
Annalyssa & Nathan Murphy
Dear John and Kathy,
Kevin is settled and we are safely back in Ohio. It has been a hectic month!
Thank you both for your guidance and extra special attention that culminated in Kevin buying his first home. We sincerely appreciate all the personal attention that you provided us in what amounted to a long distance transaction. We could not have chosen better support services for the mortgage, legal advice, home inspection, etc. even if we lived in Rhode Island (which may not be such a bad idea).
We would be pleased to recommend your services to any prospective home buyer.
Our relationship with the Buyer's Choice started in a rather unusual way. My wife and I were starting to get serious about purchasing a home, however we had yet to go as far as to retain a real estate agent. We learned about a house that was for sale from a relative and scheduled an appointment to view the property with the listing agent. We viewed the property one night and were extremely interested in moving forward on it. As we were taking a second walkthrough of the house that night, a couple came into the house. My wife and I were wondering if they were also interested in purchasing the property. Turns out they were bringing some paperwork to the listing agent. "Nothing to worry about" we thought.
When we got home that night and were very excited about the property, but, didn't know what to do next. Having read a "How to buy a home" guide and learning about something called an exclusive buyer's agent, I decided to search the internet for any of these types of real estate agents in the Rhode Island area. Two sites appeared on my screen.
The first one was a simple site without out much information. The second site was from "The Buyer's Choice". It was full of information and multimedia. There's was no doubt these people were much more sophisticated and dedicated than the folks behind the other site. I decided to call The Buyer's Choice.
Having both Kathy and John on their speaker phone, I explained how a listing agent showed us a property which we were very interested in, yet we needed help in moving forward. Kathy nicely explained how we made our first mistake in the real estate world: We viewed a property without being represented by an agent. In order to introduce our own agent into the fold, the selling agent would need to provide signed permission.
Kathy continued: "We will be happy to work with you on this and see if we can get the selling agent to let us represent you. To start with, what's the address of the property you are interested in?" I stated the address and then heard silence...
"Are you sure about that address?" Kathy asked. "Yes, why?" I responded. Kathy then asked "You viewed that property last night?". Again I responded "Yes, why??" "Did a few people arrive just as you were leaving the property last night?" she asked. Now with a "What the heck?" look on my face I responded again "Yes, why???".
Kathy explained "The couple who arrived was us! We were delivering the paperwork on behalf of one of our clients who is purchasing that house." Now the silence was coming from me.
Turns out the selling agent never told us about the fact that she was expecting some final paperwork to be delivered WHILE WE WERE VIEWING THE "NOW SOLD" PROPERTY. What a feeling of disappointment and anger towards the shady listing agent who wasn't up front with us. We quickly learned how badly we needed some professionals on our team before becoming interested in any more properties.
We met with John and Kathy at their Lincoln office. They showered us with more information than we could shake a stick at. This information included several articles on the benefits and growth of the "exclusive buyer's agent" concept. They even showed us a handful of video clips from nation wide television shows like "Today" that were touting the concept as well.
We signed on with "The Buyer's Choice" that night. Kathy and John then provided us with any and all information they had on current property listings that were within our price and criteria parameters. Eventually I came across a property on my own by following their advice to look in the Sunday papers for the newest listings.
I found this property in my local Sunday paper. I called the seller and he said the property was still for sale and he had showing appointments scheduled all day but I was welcome to stop by and take a quick look if I wanted. I accepted his invitation and quickly fell in love with this property. Kathy and John instructed us to call them immediately if we found a property we were interested in. That's exactly what I did after seeing the seller lead a steady parade of potential buyers through his house. I didn't think the property would make it to the end of the day without somebody making an offer.
Luckily, I caught Kathy and John just as they were leaving for a special Sunday family get together. They immediately rearranged their plans to spend the afternoon with family to help me with this property I was drooling over. Within one half hour, Kathy and John were on the scene and going to work for me. We viewed the property and then told the seller we wanted to move forward.
The seller, already overwhelmed with the parade a potential buyer's walking through his property, was even more overwhelmed by the speed in which Kathy and John were taking action on this property. There was one issue we had with the seller's demand for an especially high down payment. He asked that we come back the next night so he would have some time to think things through.
The next day I tried to contact Kathy and John at their office to discuss some ideas I had to improve our argument regarding the downpayment issue. They never responded back to me and I never tried their cellular phone numbers. Where were they?
Turns out they were doing some extensive research on the property I was interested in. They spent the entire day going to town hall, to my mortgage broker to have a blind appraisal performed, and to two law firms to review the downpayment issue. Their research identified a couple of contradictions with some of the claims the seller made regarding the property. More importantly, however, they learned the seller was asking about 20% more than the local market would dictate. Basically, my mortgage broker said the bank would not provide a mortgage for 20% more than the fair market price.
That night, Kathy and John debriefed my wife and I on the way to the property. The seller strongly disagreed with our claims and we left the property behind us. Another disappointment, but this time Kathy and John saved us from making our second big real estate mistake.
A few weeks later Kathy clued us into a "For Sale By Owner" that fit our criteria. We drove by the property, liked it, and decided to call the crew in again. As I was on my cell phone, I drove by another "For Sale By Owner" in the same neighborhood. I told Kathy I was more interested in this second property we just stumbled on. Within a half hour Kathy and John were on site with us viewing the property.
We started viewing the property around 1:00pm that day. I needed to pick up my parents at the airport around 4:30pm. Around 3:00pm, Kathy and John worked out the offer letter for the property and told me to go pick up my parents and they would go back to seal the deal with the sellers.
Kathy and John were determined to strike a deal that day because the sellers had another showing scheduled the following afternoon. They were taking no chances on losing this property.
After picking up my parents, I explained to them about the property we found and asked if they wanted to drive by it. At about 6:00pm, we arrived at the property only to find Kathy and John still there. John came out to greet me.
"Everything's fine! We're just ironing out some small details but the deal is pretty much sealed!" John exclaimed. I couldn't believe they were still there, 5 hours after first arriving, to make sure they secured the property for us before the sellers had a chance to show the property the following afternoon.
"The Buyer's Choice" was not done yet. The next afternoon, a Sunday afternoon mind you, Kathy and John went back to the property at the same time of the seller's other scheduled showing just to make sure nothing transpired that would cause us to lose this property. Sure enough, the other potential buyers arrived as scheduled, but Kathy and John were there to make sure my position was safe. The potential buyers were disappointed in losing another property and decided to become clients of "The Buyer's Choice" so that they could be the first ones in line at the next property they are interested in. I would say that is a smart choice.
Kathy and John followed through with us to the end: They came to the house inspection, they came to the closing, and even came to the property on the day the sellers were moving out to make sure they did not take anything that was to be left behind. John even went to the property when my inspector had to make a special visit to test the septic system a few weeks after the initial inspection. My wife and I could not make it, so John was there on his own.
My wife and I can honestly say that we have never received the kind of service that Kathy and John provided in anything we've ever done. We were amazed at the long days they put in, the tenacity of their negotiating skills, the willingness to put us before their family, even on a Sunday afternoon, and their desire to make sure there were no issues that would take us or them by surprise. We compared them to pit-bulls.
The best compliment I gave them was when I told them if I ever tried to sell my house I hope they don't show up on my front door with a buyer by their side because I know what I will be in for.
Kudos also to Kathy and John's son Mark. It was his web site that lured me to "The Buyer's Choice" and he also made a nice video tape of my new property so we could show our friends and family.
Special thanks goes to Kathy, John, and Mark! I am sure you will be just as thankful if you make the right choice, that is, "The Buyer's Choice"!
-- Lisa and Kevin Badeau
Can't tell you how pleased we were with the whole process! Thanks for taking the time to accommodate all of our questions and our changing wish list. We are so happy in our new home!
Mr. & Mrs. Geno & Tricia Tangney
Couldn't have done it without you (definitely not within 18 days!)
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